As rumors continued about which building Mercedes-Benz USA would choose for its new American headquarters, one thing was settled: Mercedes USA will settle eventually in Sandy Springs.

“The governor made it official [Jan. 13],” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. “We’re the recipient of one of the world’s great brands. Now we can really celebrate.”

Before the announcement of the Sandy Springs location, Mercedes-Benz USA had said it would move its U.S. headquarters in Montvale, N.J., to a “Central Perimeter” area that even could include Alpharetta.

Mayor Paul says it was quality of life, along with schools and easy access to MARTA that ultimately led the company to Sandy Springs.

“They talked about lifestyle, quality of life, workforce,” he said. “They’re looking for highly skilled workers.”

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Mercedes was negotiating to rent office space in Dunwoody for about two years while it builds a new headquarters on one of several sites in Sandy Springs.

Paul said city officials had known for a few months that a big company was looking to move to Sandy Springs, but they didn’t know who it was until a few weeks ago.

“Mercedes just wasn’t on the list of perspective companies we thought it could be,” he said. “We were very excited [to find out it was Mercedes] and a little surprised.” Paul said that while the company is receiving some state and county incentives, Mercedes hasn’t yet asked for any specific local incentives.

“They’ve indicated some things, and we’re committed to being a good partner,” he said.

According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report, incentives offered by the state of Georgia to lure Mercedes-Benz USA to Georgia total about $23 million, or more than $24,000 a job, if the company adds 950 jobs.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.

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